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Microsoft has confirmed it's pulling out all the stops to release Windows 2000 on 6 October, although this date is "100 per cent subject to review and change". According to a report by Computerworld, the Great Stan of Software also announced that the Beta 3 version will be available in a fortnight, as revealed here in February (See Intel Developer Forum coverage). Neither of these dates could be confirmed by a Stan spokesman today although he did say that they more or less tallied with a broad timetable currently being considered. More worrying for anyone eager to get their hands on the OS that reportedly has more bells and whistles than the Notting Hill carnival, is that Windows 2000 may be shipped incomplete. Sources quoted by Computerworld say that although all the features will be ready in time, some "such as Active Directory and Intellimirror will lack integral management tools". This was denied by Karan Khanna, a Stan product manager, although Computerworld quoted an analyst at Meta Group in Toronto who said it was becoming "painfully obvious that Windows 2000 will not ship intact" after he was briefed personally by the software company. ®

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